On the 'Live in Samois' recording, The Rosenberg Trio once again proves their pre-eminence as the world's greatest gypsy swing guitar ensemble. From the opening bars of the standard "Rose Room", the group establishes a comfort zone by presenting this standard with all its melodic beauty. But then some forty seconds later something remarkable happens. Lead guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg begins to take this old reliable jazz number off the ground and it never again lands until the final chords fade away. This first tune is only a hint of what is to follow. With varying degrees of speed, nuance, playfulness and poignancy Rosenberg, his brother Nonnie (bass) and his cousin Nous'che (rhythm guitar) simply dazzle. Lead lines of a complexity and speed that would take other gifted guitarists a week to master erupt out of Stochelo only to be followed by others even more sensitive or intricate. Behind these brilliant lead treatments the sixteen tunes come to life and their pulse is provided by a flawless rhythm section--Nous'che plays harder and faster than any other rhythm player you'll find out there today and Nonnie's remarkably nimble backbeat on upright bass at times matches his brother's soloing note-for-note.
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